The Vanguard Newspaper reports The new national identity card can be used as Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card anywhere there is MasterCard logo in the world, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said.
NIMC’s Director of Technical Services, Mr Emmanuel Ogungbe, told Journalists on Thursday in Abuja that the commission had already signed an agreement with MasterCard.
“As opposed to just being an ID card, the card is also a cash card. What that means is you can also use it the way you currently use your ATM card. So if you put money on the card, you can withdraw this money anywhere in the world. Two, it’s also a travel card. What that means is that very soon, especially within the West African sub-region, you can travel passport-free as long as you have this card with you. So this card has multi-purpose use and that is why we are calling it a general-multi-purpose card, it’s not just an ID card.”
It will be interesting to see how this works.
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